The Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation has called on philanthropists, wealthy individuals, volunteers and entrepreneurs to donate towards the fight to curb the pandemic in the Northern region.
The Managing Director of the Foundation, Engineer Abubakar Umar who made the call in Kaduna, noted that the rising number of confirmed index cases in Nigeria calls for urgent intervention of members of the organised private sector and other public spirited individuals, to augment the efforts of both Federal and State governments.
Umar appauled the firm steps taken by the Federal government, especially in the worst hit states of Lagos and Ogun, and the FCT, Abuja.
“More commendable are the efforts of private individuals and entrepreneurs who donated buildings, equipment and funds in order to support the efforts of government,” he added.
The MD therefore called on all volunteers to donate buildings materials, human or material resources at all State capitals of the Northern region to serve as isolation and testing centres at least at the three Zonal headquarters of the North, Kaduna inclusive.
“Business leaders should also endeavour to donate relief materials, food items, masks, sanitizers, soaps, canopies, ventilators etc, for use by patients and health care providers in all the Northern States”.
Umar sympathised with those individuals and communities who rely on daily means of livelihood. “They require food and medicines as some States experience total lockdown,” he appealed.
He added that the Foundation is also doing a lot to sensitise the public by translating WHO/NCDC sensitisation materials in many languages, as well as sponsoring radio programmes and other community based reach outs.
The enormity of the COVID 19 situation is such that all hands must be on deck, to address the problem.